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Geoffrey Rush, 2015

by Nicholas Harding

pen on paper
58 x 77 cm (open sketchbook)
Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins, Sydney

Since 2013, Harding’s sat in on many rehearsals and performances by the Sydney Theatre Company, drawing in a fever. In his studio are many books full of vivacious, potent images from productions including Waiting for Godot, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Endgame and more. In this quick sketch Geoffrey Rush AC rehearses the title role in Neil Armfield’s King Lear in 2015. On the opposite page is Max Cullen, who played Gloucester, with Wade Briggs at the rear.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.